3 Collaborative Cardboard Art Projects for Toddlers

My two year old daughter loves creating. Luckily, I’m of the philosophy that children need to have access to many different types of art supplies from a young age. Because of this, I keep a wide range of items that will engage and spark curiosity in my daughter. Our cupboards are filled to the brim;…

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Fostering a Love of Literacy in Your Classroom

I spent my first year teaching as a Special Education teacher in a resource room setting.  Although each student was incredibly unique in their needs academically, socially, and emotionally, all of my students were working on their reading skills. Many of them shared similar IEP goals of increasing reading fluency, reading comprehension, and reading level.…

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7 Playtime Favorites for One Year Olds

Our daughter is almost thirteen months old. It’s such a blessing to watch her grow in personality, enjoyment, curiosity, and love. Now that she is walking around the house quite confidently, I’ve been able to see what activities she prefers. Maybe your little one will enjoy some of these ideas, too. Picture disks. All you need:…

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I See You

As the daughter of a special education teacher and a special education teacher myself, I’m pretty familiar with labels. Learning alongside my neurodivergent and disabled students unfortunately included writing IEP’s about their strengths and weaknesses, often after only meeting these wonderful humans for just a few hours. Sometimes thirty minutes. Boy were these fabulous souls…

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6 Infant Toys You Already Have

Now that our daughter is nine months old, she is completely aware of all the different toys in her exploration space. She shows preference for certain toys; like the purple puzzle piece with a belt buckle clasp and her tiny indestructible plastic book. She loves taking apart the drawers of her small storage container, crawling…

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Creating an Explore Space for Crawlers

I know. I’ve been MIA lately. BAD NEWS: It’s been over two months since I wrote a blog post. GOOD NEWS: I have a nine month old crawler on my hands! EXHAUSTING NEWS: We are trying to get our daughter to sleep in her crib, self-soothe, and drink breast-milk every 4 hours instead of on…

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Uninterrupted Block Play

Do you have a busy body, too? It seems like I just had the great idea of Baby in a Box and now my little one is ready to explore uncharted territory. When our littles are engaged, it’s the perfect time to step back and observe. Today, her dad was playing with her and he…

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Baby in a Box

Our vibrant daughter is now 6 months old and will turn 7 months on the 23rd of March. It’s incredible how much she is growing, learning, exploring. She is able to sit up with assistance, but she is quite bored of uninterrupted play on her stomach or back. She can’t crawl yet, so she gets…

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The Privilege of Choice

I believe in public schools. My mother’s service to others as a public school teacher at a center-based special education school as well as Jonathan Kozol ‘s work in educational inequality and social justice made a huge impact on me from a young age. I vowed to myself that I would always teach in a…

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What Does it Mean to Be Kind?

I’ve been thinking about what it means to be kind. Does being kind mean we let things go, or let others “walk all over” us? Does being kind mean we don’t speak out against racist remarks, or stay silent when we recognize oppressive systems at work in our communities, neighborhoods, places of work and homes?…

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